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Hi I'm Brady Astle

I'm 6' 7". Wrestling is my favorite sport. I want to build a log cabin by hand. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! I love the sun and spending time outdoors. I love to go camping and hiking, play sports, namely basketball, volleyball, karate and wrestling, spend time with my family, hang out with friends and sometimes just chill-out and read. I have lived in three different states in America: Nebraska, Arizona and now Utah! I have an amazing family made up of my father, mother, older sister, younger brother and little sister, all of whom I love dearly! I'm a high school graduate and I'm not entirely sure what I want to be when I grow up. My top four choices are surgeon, personal trainer, chef and starting my own clothing company! A little diverse but I am sure that with God's help I will figure out the right path for me!

Why I am a Mormon

My whole life I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and always had believed in God. My life was fairly simple and easy, I got along with my family, I had good grades and was happy. Life was good, I was never confronted with challenges or questions, so it was easy to believe in God. That all changed though. Some challenges arose in my life that I was not prepared for, these things made me start to have questions and doubts, which in turn made it easier for me to stop doing what I knew I needed to do and start doing what I knew I was not supposed to do. Suddenly my life went from a piece of cake to a downward spiral. On the surface everyone thought I was doing great, that I just had a few wrinkles to iron out, but on the inside I was going from bad to worse. It lead to a point that I no longer believed in God. I saw all of these other people around me saying how they "know that God lives and loves us," and I wondered how they could say that. I decided I wanted to find out once and for all if God did live. I knew what to do, I knew how to pray, how to read the scriptures, everything needed to gain a faith in God and Jesus Christ, we had talked about it my entire life and I thought I had done those things before, but now it was different. Now I truly did want to know if any of it was true or if I could brush it all off and get on with my life. So, I read the scriptures, knelt down and prayed. I got my answer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing love and by doing my best to follow after the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I do my best to help people whenever, wherever and however I can. Being kind to others and setting forth a good example are some ways that I can live my faith. Right now the biggest way that I live my faith is by serving a mission! A mission is two years of voluntary service that we give to Jesus Christ, to spend every day sharing His love and message of eternal life and inviting all people to come unto Christ. This involves more than just talking to people about Jesus, but also doing what Christ would do by helping others in any way that I can. I am so grateful for this opportunity and know that by following after Christ I can help and bless the lives of others.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brady Astle
As Mormons we believe that it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we can be saved. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." The only way that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father is through his Son, Jesus Christ,' Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth." Because of the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, he has paid for all of our sins and we can be made clean by accepting His gift to us, through baptism and repentance. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brady Astle
Mormons absolutely do NOT worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We respect and revere Joseph Smith for all that he has done as an instrument in the hand of God to bring about the restoration of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but we would never worship a man. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Brady Astle
Say you are driving down the road and an ice-cream man came up alongside you, pulled you over and tried to give you a ticket. What would you do? Not take the ticket! But suppose it was a police officer that had pulled you over and given you a ticket, you would take that ticket! Why? Because the police officer has the authority to do such things and the ice-cream man doesn't! God has always worked through people that had his authority. In the Bible we repeatedly see men being called to serve as representatives of God who are then given his authority, Moses, the Levites, the Twelve Apostles. This authority has always been needed As Hebrews 5:4 states: 'And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron,' one cannot preform sacred ordinances without this authority! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brady Astle
People call us a cult simply because our beliefs differ from theirs and they find our beliefs to be strange. More often than not, the people calling us a cult are trying to tear us down and make us look bad. Of course a definition of a cult is 'a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies,' and if looked at that way than every single form of religion in the world can be considered a 'cult.' Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Brady Astle
We absolutely accept the Bible as the word of God, written down by His holy prophets and inspired by the spirit of revelation. The Book of Mormon is called ANOTHER Testimony of Jesus, if we did not believe in the Bible then how could it be an additional witness of our Lord and Saviour? We love the Bible and are often told to read and re-read it as we seek to draw closer to God, ad to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Brady Astle
The growth of the Church is simple to explain. People see, feel and recognise the truth of our message, they find the answers to the questions that they have been asking their whole life, they find within the church stability and hope, things that everyone needs. As people find these things they have a desire to embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ and His gospel, therefore, they join themselves to the true church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Brady Astle
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposed to abortion. Every life is sacred and comes from God and should be treated as such. Abortion should only be considered when the life of the mother is in danger or if the pregnancy was caused by rape and could result in lasting emotional trauma for the mother, and this only after counselling with a local priesthood leader and receiving divine confirmation through prayer. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Brady Astle
A local congregation is called a ward (or a branch for smaller congregations) and is organised geographically. Members attend their local ward every Sunday. Since the teaching material is the same everywhere in the Church a person will be studying the same lesson no matter where in the world they attend! As people attend they are fed by the word of God and are able to build lasting friendships with people who have their same morals and standards. A stake is made up of a group of wards and is not a term found in the New Testament, but like many of Christ's teachings is an allusion, it represents the stakes used to hold up a tent, or church, with their support. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brady Astle
A Christian is a person who believes, accepts and follows the teachings of Jesus Christ, Mormons are indeed Christians. We accept Jesus Christ as the Saviour and Redeemer of the world, we recognise Him as being the only way to be cleansed of our sins, we know that He is indeed the Bread of Life. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we promise to His name upon us and always remember Him. Jesus Christ is the centre of our faith and teachings. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Brady Astle
The answer that question is very simple to answer. We have been given a nickname because of the Book of Mormon, which is another witness to the world of the reality of Jesus Christ. The official name for our church, however, is The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. People have then used that nickname to describe our religion by calling it 'Mormonism.' Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Brady Astle
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse any political parties. The members are urged, however, to be active participants in politics, the government and the community. We believe that by being participants in these areas that we can help to bring about positive changes in our communities and countries. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Brady Astle
No Mormon is required to serve a mission. Each person that serves as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serves voluntarily, out of a love for others and a desire to serve our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Lord has commissioned us to preach His gospel to all people, in all nations, all over the world, being His disciples we have a strong desire to do what he has asked of us and to help all people come unto Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Brady Astle
The Book of Mormon tells us that 'Adam fell that men might be; men are, that they might have joy.' (2 Nephi 2:29) We know that the best way to have that joy is by following the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mormons live a life centred around the teachings of Jesus Christ. Prayer, scripture study and attending church are parts of our everyday life.That is not to say that we don't do other things of course! We love to spend time with our family and friends, spend times, watch movies, read books. We do our best to help and serve others and bring joy into the lives of others. The life of a Mormon is full of love, friends and happiness! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Brady Astle
We do not drink tea, coffee, or alcohol because we have been given a commandment from God to abstain from such things. This commandment, called the Word of Wisdom, also includes not using tobacco and, obviously, illegal drugs! Our bodies are gifts from God and we should treat them as such! This law of health extends beyond telling us what we shouldn't do, but what we should do as well. We are told to eat fruit, veggies a grains. The Lord has promised us that as we do these things that we will receive physical, mental and spiritual strength. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Brady Astle
A restoration was needed because, after the death of Christ and his Apostles, a falling away took place. As you read the Bible you can see how hard it was for the Apostles to keep error from creeping into the Church. Much of the Epistles were written to correct some errors that were already beginning to creep into the Church. After the Apostles were killed there was no one left with the authority to lead the Church and slowly parts of the truth were lost. While it is true that we have had the Bible to use as a guide people interpret it in different ways. There are many different denominations teaching different things from the Bible which has caused a lot of confusion and, unfortunately, for some truths to be lost. This is why a Restoration is so vitally important, so that we can again have all of God's truth and word. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Brady Astle
Our churches are places dedicated to worship in which both members and the public may come and to meet, pray, study the scriptures, partake of the sacrament and such things. The temple is is literally the 'House of the Lord.' It is in the temple that sacred ordinances like eternal marriage are preformed. Because of the sacredness of the temple, attendance is limited to those Mormons who obey God's commands and are counted worthy to enter. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Brady Astle
There are many blessings that result from reading the scriptures. As we read the scriptures we can feel the Holy Spirit of God, we can learn of God, His nature and His plan for us, we can learn of Jesus Christ and all that he has done for us. As we do this we also learn how, and desire to, live a righteous life. When you do this you begin to see blessings in our life and come to personally know and love Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Brady Astle
There are many things that tell me that there is a God. Every thing that I see in life is a little added witness of the reality of God. The whole world stands as a testimony of God, the beauty of the flowers make mention of a Divine Artist, the intricacies of the human body point to a Heavenly Engineer. Things such as this to me cannot be mere cosmic accidents but are creations guided by the powerful hand of our loving Father in heaven. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Brady Astle
The activities of our missionaries are funded by themselves. Each missionary that has decided to come out and serve the Lord has saved up his or her own money and uses that to fund their mission. Other members of the Church are able to contribute donations to help other who could not fund themselves. This way, all who desire to spread this message of peace are able to! Show more Show less